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Pure Drivel | [Steve Martin]

Pure Drivel

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of the New Yorker already know: that Martin is also a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces feature Martin at his finest.
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Publisher's Summary

In this ingeniously funny collection of humorous riffs, those who thought Steve Martin's gifts were confined to the screen will discover what readers of The New Yorker already know: that Martin is a master of the written word. Hilariously funny and intelligent in their skewering of the topic at hand, these pieces, some of which first appeared in The New Yorker, feature Martin at his finest. With a playwright's ear for dialogue, a sense of irony only Martin could muster, and a first-class comic ability to perfectly time the punch line, Pure Drivel will have listeners crying with laughter, and marveling at the fact that in addition to all of his many talents, Steve Martin is also a superb writer.

Don't miss Steve Martin, Christopher Buckley, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©1998 40 Share Productions, Inc.; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster Audio, All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"...humor raised to the abstract." (The New York Times)

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    Mylie 09-16-14
    Mylie 09-16-14
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    "Not as good as I thought"
    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    Better stories


    Has Pure Drivel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Martin?

    Steve Martin was fine.. It is his book


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only a few part were funny other wise not worth it


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    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13
    Claudia Newark, NJ, United States 09-20-13

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    I absolutely enjoyed this book. I got it based on the "Dear Amanda" clip in my Audible library. The book is well narrated! though some of the topics werent fall off your seat funny It was still enjoyable

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    Marydior 07-22-13
    Marydior 07-22-13
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    "Definitely not worth the credit."

    The title says it all. Not only is it 'pure drivel' it is boring and uninteresting. Even Steve Martin's delivery as narrator can't overcome the fact that the book lacks substance and yes, even humour. There are very few books I give up on part way through but this was one of them. I stayed with it through the first half hoping it would get better but by then I was out of patience and perseverance.

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    Tall Girl 11-13-12
    Tall Girl 11-13-12
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    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    I really like Steve Martin which is why I chose this book, however I soon felt that I was in grade school. I should have taken the title literally. For me his humor must be seen and not just heard. It just didn't translate.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Girl Walks Into A Bar by Rachel Dratch


    What didn’t you like about Steve Martin’s performance?

    His performance appeared to be forced, although given the book, I'm not sure anyone else could have narrated it any better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I gave him the benefit of one extra point because he really is a brilliant comedian.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    53Classic 11-05-12
    53Classic 11-05-12
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    "Not so much!"
    What would have made Pure Drivel better?

    I was disappointed. I have always loved Steve Martin. This truly WAS drivel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Steve Martin again?

    Not likely.


    Any additional comments?

    The 5 minute "first listen" was the only high spot in the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 10-01-12
    Sharon 10-01-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's just what the name says: pure drivel Steve Martin is well Steve Martin. I liked the first
    story the best. I liked the whole book. ALL OF IT. I love SM. He has my initals.


    What other book might you compare Pure Drivel to and why?

    dk


    Have you listened to any of Steve Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no But since I've heard this one I will buy more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved it all


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad I joined audio bbooks and have decided to keep it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PHB Ohio 08-06-12
    PHB Ohio 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "funny, light, meaningless"

    Pretty original very funny, happily lacking in obscenities. Martin is very creative and very much his own person.

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    Phillip 07-23-12
    Phillip 07-23-12
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    "Truly Pure Drivel (Worthless)"
    What disappointed you about Pure Drivel?

    This book was pointless, didn't even begin to be funny, and was a complete waste of time. This the worst book I have ever read or listened to. Don't make the same mistake I made in thinking that if it is Steve Martin, it has to be funny.


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    Barbara_NY Long Island, NY, United States 07-23-12
    Barbara_NY Long Island, NY, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Pure Drivel = Pure Delight"
    If you could sum up Pure Drivel in three words, what would they be?

    Dry, delectable humor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Martin is every character, to me. He is the strong studs and the bullish men, the clever coppers and the wily women, the lug, the lush, the lovers. They are all Steve and they are all wonderful.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience listening to Steve Martin read a book, but unless you are born under a heavy rock with molten lava poured on top you've seen him perform on SNL, or elsewhere. As always, he's brilliant!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Pure Drivel is pure entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and download this audio book today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    COLEMAN-SMITH OREGON 04-03-12
    COLEMAN-SMITH OREGON 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Needed a laugh that day"
    What made the experience of listening to Pure Drivel the most enjoyable?

    Because thats what it was .


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not easy so many were in it .. But the Dear Amanda letter was good and you could picture it =)


    What about Steve Martin’s performance did you like?

    Oh yes I enjoy him so much ... his dialog just kept me listening


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Silly Antidotes to make us chuckle .....


    Any additional comments?

    It was to short for me !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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